Double-acting hydraulic rotary actuator
The Double-Acting Rotary Actuator block models a double-acting hydraulic rotary actuator, which directly converts hydraulic energy into mechanical rotational energy without employing intermediary transmissions such as rack-and-pinion, sliding spline, chain, and so on. Hydraulic fluid pumped under pressure into one of the two actuator chambers forces the shaft to rotate and generate torque. Double-acting actuators generate torque and motion in both directions.
The model of the actuator is built of Simscape™ Foundation library blocks, with the exception of the two Rotational Hydro-Mechanical Converter blocks. These custom hydro-mechanical converters take into account pressure-induced density variations, unlike the Foundation library blocks, and therefore give increased accuracy for mass conservation in fluid compressibility computations. The schematic diagram of the model is shown below.
The blocks in the diagram perform the following functions:
|Rotational Hydro-Mechanical Converter A||Converts hydraulics energy into mechanical rotational energy when fluid is pumped into actuator chamber A.|
|Rotational Hydro-Mechanical Converter B||Converts hydraulics energy into mechanical rotational energy when fluid is pumped into actuator chamber B.|
|Rotational Hard Stop||Imposes limits on shaft rotation.|
|Linear Hydraulic Resistance||Accounts for leakages.|
|Piston Chamber A||Accounts for fluid compressibility in actuator chamber A.|
|Piston Chamber B||Accounts for fluid compressibility in actuator chamber B.|
|Ideal Translational Motion Sensor||Determines an instantaneous shaft position, which is necessary for the Hydraulic Piston Chamber block.|
|Wheel and Axle||Converts shaft rotation into translational motion to provide input to the Ideal Translational Motion Sensor block|
Connections A and B are hydraulic conserving ports. Port A is connected to chamber A and port B is connected to chamber B. Connection S is a mechanical rotational conserving port associated with the actuator shaft.
The block directionality is adjustable and can be controlled with the Actuator orientation parameter.
No loading, such as inertia, friction, spring, and so on, is taken into account. If necessary, you can easily add them by connecting an appropriate building block to port S.
Effective displacement of the actuator. The default value is 4.5e-5 m^3/rad.
Shaft maximum travel between stops. The default value is 5.1 rad.
The position of the shaft at the beginning of simulation. You can set the shaft position to any angle within its stroke. The default value is 0, which corresponds to the shaft position at the very beginning of the stroke.
Fluid volume in chamber A that remains in the chamber when the shaft is positioned at the very beginning of the stroke. The default value is 1e-4 m^3.
Fluid volume in chamber B that remains in the chamber when the shaft is positioned at the end of the stroke. The default value is 1e-4 m^3.
Leak coefficient for the Linear Hydraulic Resistance block. The default value is 1e-14 (m^3/s)/Pa.
Gas-specific heat ratio for the Hydraulic Piston Chamber block. The default value is 1.4.
Specifies the elastic property of colliding bodies for the Rotational Hard Stop block. The greater the value of the parameter, the less the bodies penetrate into each other, the more rigid the impact becomes. Lesser value of the parameter makes contact softer, but generally improves convergence and computational efficiency. The default value is 1e6 N*m/rad.
Specifies dissipating property of colliding bodies for the Rotational Hard Stop block. At zero damping, the impact is close to an absolutely elastic one. The greater the value of the parameter, the more energy dissipates during an interaction. Keep in mind that damping affects slider motion as long as the slider is in contact with the stop, including the period when slider is pulled back from the contact. For computational efficiency and convergence reasons, MathWorks recommends that you assign a nonzero value to this parameter. The default value is 150 N*m/(rad/s).
Specifies actuator orientation with respect to the globally assigned positive direction. The actuator can be installed in two different ways, depending upon whether it generates torque in the positive or in the negative direction when pressure is applied at its inlet. If pressure applied at port A generates torque in the negative direction, set the parameter to Acts in negative direction. The default value is Acts in positive direction.
Parameter determined by the type of working fluid:
Fluid bulk modulus
The block has the following ports: